Lufthansa to name its first Boeing 787-9 “Berlin”
Lufthansa likes to give his planes the name of places and cities. Well the airline will name its first next Boeing 787-9 after the German capital – “Berlin”.
Ich heisse Berlin! – Lufthansa Boeing 787-9, Render Lufthansa,
The christening ceremony is expected to take place after the delivery of the plane next year.
“Berlin” is the first of five Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner “that Lufthansa will add to its fleet in 2022. The ultramodern long-haul aircraft consumes on average only 2.5 liters of kerosene per passenger and 100 kilometers flown.
Since 1960, Lufthansa has a tradition of naming its planes after German cities. Willy Brandt, Chancellor of West Germany in the late 1960s and 1970s, paid tribute to Lufthansa during his tenure as mayor of West Berlin (1957-1966) by appointing the first Boeing 707 of the airline “Berlin”. More recently, an Airbus A380 with the registration identifier SUEDEI had the prestigious name of the capital of Germany.
Lufthansa’s first Boeing 787-9 – “Berlin” – will be registered D-ABPA. The first intercontinental destination planned for Lufthansa’s 787-9 will be Toronto, the financial center and hub of Canada, from Frankurt.
But still a lack of long-haul flights from Berlin
While Lufthansa has been kind to their commitment to name an aircraft, getting Berlin to work for long-haul traffic has been a challenge for Lufthansa.
The latest attempts were with Lufthansa and Eurowings, operating a service to New York. Currently, non-stop long-haul services are limited from Berlin, with Qatar Airways, Royal Jordanian and Scoot (Athens and Singapore), with the airline preferring to use its existing hubs in Munich and Frankfurt.
Will we see if Lufthansa sees if there are any long-haul markets to return to – or if it estimates that it wants its passengers to connect to 260 destinations around the world – either by a short-haul flight or via the ‘one of its hubs (in mind Lufthansa only serves two destinations from Berlin with its flagship brand – while Austrian, Swiss and Brussels Airlines operate to their hubs. The majority of flights are operated by Eurowings…)
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